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News from the latest issue - July 20, 2017

FEDERAL RELATIONS
House GOP FY 2018 Budget Plan Clears Initial Hurdle
Appropriations panel approves plan to take $3.3 billion out of the Pell Grant surplus while leaving the maximum grant flat at $5,920 for the 2017-18 academic year.
Veteran Affairs Committee Advances GI Bill Update
The measure would extend veterans education benefits from the current 15-year window through a veteran's lifetime and restore aid for veterans affected by closures of for-profit colleges, among other provisions.
Trump Administration Plans Change to FAFSA Gender Question
Revision appears to be in response to public comments suggesting that the present tense of the question could be confusing for transgender students.
Senator Calls for Removal of Civil Rights Official
Lawmaker calls for removal of Candice Jackson, acting assistant secretary for civil rights at the department, because of controversial remarks on campus sexual assault.

IN THE COURTS
State AGs Express Concern Over Reported Rollbacks in Campus Sexual Assault Protections
In letter to Secretary DeVos, a coalition of 20 state attorneys urge the agency to keep in place important protections for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses.

INDUSTRY UPDATE
Report Looks at Graduation Rates at Minority-Serving Institutions
Study finds a 43 percent completion rate for students who started at public, four-year historically black colleges and universities in 2007.

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State AGs Express Concern Over Reported Rollbacks in Campus Sexual Assault Protections

Posted on July 20 2017by Michelle Mott

On Wednesday, a coalition of 20 state attorneys general sent a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressing concern over reports that the agency is preparing to roll back important pro...

Trump Administration Plans Change to FAFSA Gender Question

Posted on July 20 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Education Department announced a change to the language used to ask students about their gender when applying for federal financial aid, Politico Morning Education reported. The question &...

Veteran Affairs Committee Advances GI Bill Update

Posted on July 20 2017by Michelle Mott

The House Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a package of legislation to update the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The measure would extend veterans education benefits from the curren...

House GOP FY 2018 Budget Plan Clears Initial Hurdle

Posted on July 20 2017by Michelle Mott

House appropriators on Wednesday approved a FY 2018 budget resolution, setting the stage for a massive tax overhaul and $200 billion in cuts from mandatory programs, Inside Higher Ed reported....

ACE Report Looks at Graduation Rates at Minority-Serving Institutions

Posted on July 20 2017by Heather Zimar

A new report by the American Council on Education found that minority-serving institutions are graduating students at a higher rate than federal data suggests, reports Inside Higher Ed. The ACE re...

Senator Calls for Removal of Civil Rights Official

Posted on July 20 2017by Heather Zimar

Washington Senator Patty Murray, a top Democrat on the Senate Education Committee, called for U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to remove Candice Jackson, acting assistant secretary for civil ri...

House Reaches Bipartisan Deal to Expand GI Bill

Posted on July 13 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. House of Representatives reached a bipartisan deal this week to modernize the GI Bill, expanding financial contributions and flexibility for veterans to pursue higher education opportuniti...

House Republicans Release Draft Education Spending Bill for FY 2018

Posted on July 13 2017by Michelle Mott

House appropriators on Wednesday released a draft spending bill for the 2018 fiscal year that rejects most of the Trump administration's proposal to dramatically slash funding to higher educati...

Year-Round Pell Improves Outcomes at Community College, Study Finds

Posted on July 12 2017by Michelle Mott

According to a new paper from the Community College Research Center at Teachers College at Columbia University, the availability of year-round Pell funding increases student enrollment and completi...

Trump Administration Proposal to Tighten Requirements for International Students

Posted on July 12 2017by Michelle Mott

Senior officials at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are considering a proposal that would require foreign students to reapply annually for permission to stay in the United States. Th...

Illinois Gets First State Budget in Two Years

Posted on July 12 2017by Heather Zimar

The Illinois House of Representatives successfully overrode Gov. Bruce V. Rauner's veto of a spending bill for the 2018 fiscal year, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher ...

Three Reports Address International Enrollment

Posted on July 12 2017by Heather Zimar

Three reports released this week—from the Council of Graduate Schools; the Hotcourses Group; and a group of American education associations led by the Institute of International Education&mda...

Education Dept. Launches Regulatory Rewrite Process

Posted on July 11 2017by Michelle Mott

This week, the U.S. Education Department held the first of two public hearings on key Obama-era higher education regulations aimed at reining in abuses by colleges. Monday’s hearing marked th...

18 States Sue Education Dept. to Restore Borrower Defense Rule

Posted on July 6 2017by Michelle Mott

Democratic attorneys general from 18 states and the District of Columbia on Thursday filed suit against the U.S. Education Department and Secretary Betsy DeVos, challenging the agency's move to...

Republican State AGs Push to End DACA

Posted on July 5 2017by Michelle Mott

Attorneys general from Texas and nine other Republican-led states sent a letter last week threatening to sue the Trump administration over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, T...

Education Dept. 'Presses Pause' on Gainful Employment Compliance Deadline

Posted on July 5 2017by Michelle Mott

Two weeks after the U.S. Department of Education rolled back two Obama-era regulations reining in for-profit colleges, the agency announced a new delay in the gainful employment rule, NPR reported....

Labor Dept. Drops Defense of Overtime Rule

Posted on July 5 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Department of Labor on Friday said that it would not defend the Obama administration's rule to expand overtime pay to millions more workers, The Hill reported. Instead, attorneys for t...

Maryland Bans Scholarship Displacement by Public Colleges

Posted on July 5 2017by Michelle Mott

A new Maryland law limits the conditions under which public colleges may decrease financial aid, disallowing reductions when a student's aid exceeds the cost of college or with permission from ...

House Hearing on Education Research and Student Privacy

Posted on June 29 2017by Michelle Mott

The House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education held a hearing on Wednesday to discuss the effectiveness of the current laws governing education research and student ...

Supreme Court to Review Travel Ban, Allows Partial Version to Take Effect

Posted on June 29 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear arguments in October regarding President Trump's travel ban, The Hill reported. However, parts of the ban will go into effect until a ruling is i...